Havergal Brian Symphonies 7 & 16
New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Walker
Naxos 8573959 @ £7.50 plus P&P
Music Web International “The recorded sound of this disc is joyously impressive.”
The Art Music Lounge “These are certainly the best performances these works have ever received and the disc is particularly interesting for the Sixteenth Symphony.”
About this recording …… Havergal Brian’s late creativity is almost unparalleled in musical history – in the last two decades of his life he wrote 25 symphonies. No. 7, the last of his truly large-scale symphonies, was inspired by Goethe’s autobiographical account of his time as a student in Strasbourg. Symphony No. 16 is a tough single-movement work, evoking Ancient Greece and the savagery of the Persian Wars. In bright contrast The Tinker’s Wedding is a sparkling comedy overture based on the play by J.M. Synge.